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Taiwan animal euthanasia ban comes into force
More than 100,000 animals are admitted to shelters in Taiwan every year.

Ban comes one year after suicide of a vet

A ban on animal euthanasia in Taiwan is set to come into force following the shocking suicide of a vet.

According to The Taipei Times, Chien Chih-Cheng took her own life as a message that ‘all lives are equal’ in hope that the government would put more effort into managing the stray animal problem.

Chien was the director of an animal shelter in Taoyuan’s Xinwu District. On the 5 May 2016, she allegedly took her own life using animal euthanasia drugs.

According to reports, Chien left a note explaining that while she was a passionate animal lover, she was extremely disturbed by having to euthanise so many animals. Chien did not like putting dogs down, but she saw this as a better end for the unwanted animals than leaving them at risk of disease.

Taiyuan city councillor Wang Hai-yu told The Taipei Times that Chein was under immense stress as a result of misinformed criticism being directed at her.  

Before her death, Chien took part in a television interview in which she revealed that she had put down 700 dogs in one year. Animal activists reacted by unleashing relentless attacks on Chien’s shelter. Some even described her as a ‘butcher’.

Every year in Taiwan, more than 100,000 animals are admitted to shelters, of which 70 per cent are euthanised because they cannot be adopted.
The problem stems from puppy farms, which produce an average of 160,000 puppies a year. This leads to overcrowding at shelters, which are also understaffed and lack proper resources.

Chien’s death prompted a huge debate about animal policies in Taiwan. The Council of Agriculture said that it understood the plight of animals and would seek improvements.

Following an amendment to the Animal Protection Act, from 4 February it will be illegal to put down abandoned animals.
According to BBC News, the Taiwanese government plans to increase funding and staff at shelters and says that it will also provide psychological support. Anybody that wishes to leave a pet in a shelter will now have to pay fee of $125 (£100).

Critics want the government to get tough on puppy farms, carry out spay and neuter programmes and provide assistance to organisations that take in strays.

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Bristol uni celebrates 75 years of teaching vets

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 The University of Bristol's veterinary school is celebrating 75 years of educating veterinary students.

Since the first group of students were admitted in October 1949, the school has seen more than 5,000 veterinary students graduate.

Professor Jeremy Tavare, pro vice-chancellor and executive dean for the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, said: "I'm delighted to be celebrating Bristol Veterinary School's 75 years.

"Its excellence in teaching and research has resulted in greater understanding and some real-world changes benefiting the health and welfare of both animals and humans, which is testament to the school's remarkable staff, students and graduates." 

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Second edition of BSAVA's Thoracic Imaging manual released

The British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA) has released the second edition of the BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Thoracic Imaging.

This edition provides new knowledge, gathered from CTs and MRIs, some of which can be applied to radiographic interpretation.

The first section explores different imaging modalities for thoracic imaging, including recommended uses. The second section illustrates features of normalcy and disease in the main anatomic compartment of the thorax.

This includes structured information about thoracic imaging interpretation and individual body systems.

There is also a new chapter exploring how artificial intelligence could be applied to the practice.

Tobias Schwarz and Peter Scrivani, who edited the book, said: "We are grateful to the many radiologists and other specialists from around the world who contributed to this manual by writing chapters, supplying images, and providing feedback.

"Our aim was to ensure that the manual was as up-to-date, accurate and comprehensive as possible."

Print copies can be purchased in the BSAVA store, with a digital version in the BSAVA library.